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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffForrest O. Date: May 24, 2006 4:15am
Forum: movies Subject: Flash movie streaming

Flash 8 On2 VP6 video encoding is very high quality for the bitrate(1). Flash is also the video plugin with the highest distribution: 97.7% of Internet viewers (2). Most video sites are using Flash video these days, and I think streaming video on the IA could be a lot more usable if Flash versions were made. Thoughts?

(1) http://www.on2.com/video_samples/flix-video-samples/
(2) http://www.adobe.com/products/player_census/flashplayer/

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffakb Date: May 24, 2006 5:20am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Flash movie streaming

I seem to recall Archive employees saying that the formats in use have been chosen because a) mpeg 1,2,4 are open standards b) there are good, free tools for producing them on the Archive's favored platform (linux).

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffForrest O. Date: May 25, 2006 2:17am
Forum: movies Subject: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC

H.264/MPEG-4 AVC probably has a comparable size/quality ratio, and is a "standard," but less people can play those videos in the browser. Still, this might be another option for higher-quality streaming (the main consideration of my original post). I'd be interested to see how the license fees compare.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffForrest O. Date: May 25, 2006 2:24am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC

H.264 would also have the advantage of being playable on future HD-DVD/Blu-ray players.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffForrest O. Date: May 24, 2006 6:34am
Forum: movies Subject: VP6 sdk

On2's VP3 is open, but VP6 represents a quality leap. There are Linux tools for VP6, I'm not sure about costs, but:

"
On Linux, the Flix Engine provides a custom-built solution that can be run locally on a server or across a network and supports access from all popular scripting languages including PHP, Python, and Perl.
" http://www.on2.com/developer/flix-engine-sdk/

Maybe they would donate SDK licenses to the Archive to promote the format?